Nathan Allen, owner and head chef at Knife and Fork, will host ceramic artists Elisa Di Feo, Nick Moen and Gwendolyn Yoppolo and glass artist Kathryn Adams for an evening of fine dining. Allen will plate on handmade tableware created by the artists. This collaboration of culinary and visual artists celebrates the handmade and highlights the sustainability of Western North Carolina’s food and craft arts. The Cup & Plate @ Knife & Fork event is a premier exhibition of fine dining that will act as template for others like it around the country.
The tableware in Cup and Plate was created specifically for the event, in response to Allen's design ideas for presenting his menu of fresh and local foods. The chef’s thoughts on form and color were considered by the materials artists as they designed service vessels for the meal. The final plating of the dinner will complete this dialogue among artists and will offer guests a dining experience that celebrates the union of the culinary and the material arts.
"Cup & Plate" @ Knife & Fork will take place on at Knife & Fork in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. There will be two sittings with 30 guests at each sitting. Ticket are $70. Guests will be able to purchase the limited edition tableware at the event. Reservations can be made by calling (828) 765-1511, visiting http://www.
knifeandforknc.com/ or the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/ events/457334827692135.
Chef Nathan Allen is owner and head chef at Knife & Fork restaurant. He has traveled the world to get to spruce pine and dedicates his life to the relationships that come from the magic of sourcing and preparing food.
Elisa Di Feo was recently a resident artist at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She currently maintains a studio in Penland, North Carolina.
gwendolyn yoppolo is a current resident artist at Penland School of Craft.
Nick Moen is a current resident artist at Odyssey Clayworks in Asheville, North Carolina.
Kathryn Adams is a current shop manager at the Asheville Glass Center in Asheville, North Carolina.